Having a re-shuffle

Oh my word, not a re-shuffle?! Sounds political! Well I’m not talking of one of those you’d be glad to know. I’m going to start moving things around on this website, as I need to make it more promotional at the same time as maintaining the eclectic mix of things on the blog. I have in the past written about all of the subjects that matter to me. So it’s very generalised   

However the home page and blog need to be split apart probably. The new homepage will describe what I do as a freelancer and thus aim to pull in more clients. I shall then embark on promoting the site actively to boost the traffic. 

Now for a neat little segue into my next topic and that is business services……

I am planning (hoping) to do more with the blog this year, since I’ve not really been that good with it for awhile. 

Work wise a pattern is forming in terms of the jobs that I get to do. Over 2014 and 2015 I spent a lot of time working as a front-end web developer. I never planned this but all the same for the most part I enjoyed it. The thing is I come from a broader background than this as I started out mostly in the CMS business which requires just as much backend knowledge as front end, if not more so. Hence I am a full-stack developer as we say in the trade. 

I work as a contractor and as a freelancer. All of my private clients are WordPress projects and a small number are Drupal. In the contract world as I say, I have been doing a lot of Angular and other JavaScript stuff. Now my latest contract has taken me back to my roots. Yep you’ve guessed it, as Save the Children use a whole load of CMS systems. 

This brings me to the point. Why not concentrate more on this stuff?

Clients love WordPress and the like, because these products have been designed more for them. The dashboards and content tools are all excellent and intuitive. Clients just don’t  give two hoots about JS frameworks. Just tell them you are developing it in Node with a react front-end and their eyes glaze over. Talk about WordPress and they know of it.  Wordpress is cool for them since they know other people who use it. I also think the same goes for Drupal plus the latter is better for developers being very powerful. IMHO. 

I could harp on about the merits of JS and how running everything in the browser with less round trips to the server. Does that get me more customers though? Probably not. I really want to give people what they want rather than vice versa. Last year that didnt help me one iota. I spent too much time reinventing the wheel and that was expensive. 

So there you have it, an insight into my train of thought. This year I am going to focus more on the CMS – however both WordPress and Drupal now support Angular, React etc. So these shall be used to see how we can provide clients with best-of-breed CMS products which they love and we can still innovate. However a good methodical routine is essential to gaining more clients, delivering on time and keeping all older clients happy at the same time. 

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  1. I have to say, you’re doing something right because I’ve never wanted to follow a web developer before. And now I do. You have a beautiful balance going here, and I wouldn’t change a thing. Except I can’t figure out how to follow you apart from clicking the button below this comment… awkward. There’s nothing clickable anywhere near your “follow us” errr… words. You might want to do something about that. 😉
    Thanks again for dropping by my blog, Nick. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for your comments. My site was broken earlier and you may have visited during that time. I am indeed a web developer but I like to write more about the web itself and the world in which it exists. We all use and appreciate the web these days and thus I’m probably not going to write about coding here. Ian going to be providing more CMS services around WordPress this year, so it pays to write about a broad range of subjects to make the site appealing.

      Once again thanks for your comments and speak again soon no doubt. 😄

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